Learn how to build and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities. Networking is a fundamental skill, which will help you take control of your career. This online course introduces the principles of networking, to help develop your personal brand in the world of work. You will craft and get feedback on an elevator pitch about your role and talents. You will learn how to analyse the value of your connections, whether you are seeking a new job or to be more effective in your current role. You will also find out how to create and manage your digital presence for networking on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

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All you need to know about this course and how you can make the best out of it.
Do you sometimes think you need to meet more people so that your talents or ideas can be discovered and shared?
How effective is networking really?
Discussion
James, Kelly and Rachel, who you heard from earlier, share their experiences of why face-to-face networking is important and how to overcome barriers and confidence issues when networking in a face-to-face setting.
Face-to-face networking is any kind of networking situation which involves your physical presence in the company of others.
Networking requires you to share what you are good at and to communicate to others the kind of person you are. So, what exactly are you good at, and what sort of person are you?
As you work out what you have to offer to other people through networking, it’s worth asking yourself what kind of role you tend to be good at when you have the opportunity of working in a group.
We all work in teams or groups from time to time.
In order to move forward with your networking plan, you should have a good idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are and analyse what opportunities and barriers may lie ahead.
Have you ever met someone you think could help you further your career or business goals?
Rachel, James and Kelly explain how they put their elevator pitches together and impart some wisdom about how to go about it yourself.
A well-crafted elevator pitch should explain who you are and what you do, what your specialism, product or service is and your USP (Unique Selling Proposition).
Discussion
These are all examples of where this kind of networking might take place for you:
You only have around three seconds to make a good first impression. That’s not long, and you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.
What does it look like when we start to put these emotional intelligence skills into practice?
This video illustrates some of the classic ‘don’ts’ for any kind of conversation at work (or indeed anywhere else).
We can all listen. We do it every day so we must be good at it, right?
In the lesson, David Doughty, an entrepreneur and business mentor, explains the basics of networking in a face-to-face environment. He gives some great examples of what to say and how to navigate through a networking event.
Now that you’ve assessed your interpersonal skills and identified areas you would like to improve, you will consider how best to manage your presence in conversations in order to use your interpersonal skills to best advantage.
Now you’ve spent some time looking at what interpersonal skills actually are and the importance of honing these skills for effective face-to-face networking, you’ll apply them to your elevator pitch.
When giving someone feedback it is important you ensure that it is constructive and you have considered how it will be perceived by the receiver.
A number of networkers, including Christian Payne, online networker from Documentally.com, share their thoughts on the benefits of online networking.
The informal, social nature of the majority of interactions on a platform like Facebook can lead to problems with its more professional use.
Looking at how businesses of all sizes are implementing social media strategies can inspire you with ideas for promoting what you have to offer to your own customers
How can we get the best out of different networking platforms?
If you are new to LinkedIn or have an account which you hardly ever use, get an overview of its features and purpose from the video.
Jess found her dream job using LinkedIn. Consider how it might be able to assist you in building your career.
How do you get LinkedIn to work for you?
A good way to make yourself discoverable is to enhance the value of LinkedIn for others.
A blog (short for ‘weblog’) is a website where the owner can post text, pictures and other media, themed on a particular issue or interest. Let's look at how that can help you network effectively
Christian Payne and James Frowen offer advice about blogging and the role that blogging can play in creating sustainable networking opportunities.
Building on the experience of our experienced networkers here is some guidance for effective online writing.
TODO
Analysing your networking relationships using the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Matrix, a well-known business model, will help you identify those that will generate economic value.
In this lesson, we are going to discuss the importance of branding
Personal insights on the importance of personal branding
Let's look at a framework to help firms create strong brand equity (the value that brands represent by making it easier to generate profit).
Hear from Rachel Blackburn, James Frowen, Kelly Drewery and Christian Payne one last time as they share their advice on where to take your networking development from here.
Congratulations, you have completed the course

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  • By: Love owoje John
    2 weeks ago

    It's a very nice course with well detailed explanation.

  • By: Adedamola ibrahim Adeniregun
    4 months ago

    This is really a life changing course to enroll in and I will like to give thank ALI and all those who make there time it making this course to its level, they have done really well and I can't thank them enough but thanks a lot to them

  • By: Kondwani Jasi
    7 months ago

    A great course to enroll in. All content are well laid and explained.

  • By: Akindeji Adekunle
    7 months ago

    Well laid out lecture plan

  • By: Peter mg agbo
    7 months ago

    Very educating and helpful.

  • By: Lina Kendi
    8 months ago

    Educative...

  • By: Abiola Oluwaseun Peter
    8 months ago

    The course is very interesting and it explains the real deal of effective networking

  • By: Abdulazeez Adebanjo
    8 months ago

    Very gratefull for this privilege

  • By: RICHARD ADEWOLE
    8 months ago

    This is highly interesting

  • By: Rombo Francis
    8 months ago

    I am very thankful for the lessons taught

  • By: Sekou M. Sesay
    8 months ago

    Effective networking is the best way in preparing ourself for the market and the opportunities that last ahead. i am very grateful to African Leadership Institute for providing me the opportunity to learn what i have long search to do and add it to my career learning achievement . Thanks.